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Flames look to build confidence on road trip

Sunday, 10.25.2015 / 12:53 PM / NHL Insider

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

The tone is decidedly different heading into their first extended road trip of the season, but the Calgary Flames aren't out of trouble yet.

The Flames (2-5-0), who ended a four-game losing streak and won for the first time in five games at home in a 3-2 win in overtime on Friday against the Detroit Red Wings, start a three-game road trip against the New York Rangers (5-2-2) on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports, SN, SN1, MSG).

"Obviously, we're frustrated that we started the season off not playing too well," forward Sean Monahan said. "I think we came together as a group and we knew we had to be better. So I think when frustration kicks in, you find a way to use that as momentum.

Undefeated Canadiens can make history on trip

Sunday, 10.25.2015 / 12:00 PM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - Columnist

The Montreal Canadiens are heading west with a chance to make history.

The Canadiens play the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Center on Tuesday seeking their 10th consecutive victory from the start of the season. That would match the record set by the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs and equaled by the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres.

If the Canadiens defeat the Canucks, they can break the record with a victory at the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

Bruins unveil 2016 NHL Winter Classic jersey

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins, hosts of the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, on Saturday unveiled the jersey they'll be wearing against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 1 at Gillette Stadium.

In front of a couple thousand season-ticket holders, president Cam Neely presented captain Zdeno Chara, goaltender Tuukka Rask and center David Krejci in the black jerseys with gold stripes on the sleeves.

The Bruins are the first team to host the Winter Classic twice. For the 2010 game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park, the Bruins wore brown and gold as a tribute to their original colors. Each part of the jersey honored a different era in franchise history. This time around, the Bruins wanted to honor their roots.

Blues' Pietrangelo devoted to cancer awareness

Friday, 10.23.2015 / 5:45 PM / Hockey Fights Cancer

Louie Korac - Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo recalled the day he was in the hospital with his childhood friend and the two were playing Pokemon.

Pietrangelo was 10; his friend Cosmo was 11.

As kids, they were supposed to be enjoying life without a worry in the world. But one day, Cosmo was gone; he succumbed to cancer, and Pietrangelo, who like many NHL players have stories to tell of experiences with the disease, was left to wonder why his friend was no longer around.

"That was the one thing I remember for some reason," Pietrangelo said. "We were playing Pokemon on the hospital TV. He was obviously sick at the time, but that was the one picture I still have in my mind 15 years later. That's the one picture I always replay in my mind.

Stars' Demers suspended two games for elbowing

Friday, 10.23.2015 / 4:51 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NEW YORK -- Dallas Stars defenseman Jason Demers has been suspended for two games, without pay, for elbowing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino during NHL Game No. 93 in Pittsburgh on Thursday, October 22, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 16:48 of the third period. Demers was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for elbowing.

Devils forward Stephen Gionta fined for spearing

Friday, 10.23.2015 / 2:59 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORKNew Jersey Devils forward Stephen Gionta has been fined $2,284.95, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for spearing Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki during NHL Game No. 94 in Ottawa on Thursday, October 22, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 18:18 of the second period. Gionta was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for spearing.

The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Coyotes rookie Domi becoming must-watch player

Friday, 10.23.2015 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Oliver Ekman-Larsson's phone was buzzing with text messages from friends and family members in his hometown of Karlskrona, Sweden. They all wanted to know about No. 16 for the Arizona Coyotes and what's up with that ridiculous backhanded shot?

That's Max Domi, Arizona's 20-year-old rookie forward, Ekman-Larsson told them, and that backhand is only one of the weapons in his arsenal.

"Everybody is talking about him back home," Ekman-Larsson said. "He's got a lot of speed, some sick hands and that shot. His backhanded shot is probably one of the best in this League. Unbelievable. So hard. He's got a lot of good things going on."

Fantasy Friday: Krejci, Jones off to fast starts

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

We've seen 16 days of NHL action to this point.

At this time last season it was the Anaheim Ducks' duo of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf dominating the NHL. Perry was leading the League with eight goals, including two hat tricks, while Getzlaf was leading the League with eight assists. Each player had an NHL-high 10 points through seven games (tied with John Tavares of the New York Islanders and Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars).

Perry, Getzlaf, Tavares and Seguin weren't surprises in fantasy hockey though. They were all top-level talents likely selected in the early rounds of their fantasy drafts. They were performing how their owners had hoped.

Cup Final rematch possible for Blackhawks, Lightning

Friday, 10.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The budding rivalry between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, born out of a Stanley Cup Final matchup last season, has a chance to be the new version of the old rivalry between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.

The Penguins and Red Wings played each other in the Stanley Cup Final in 2008 and again in 2009. The veteran Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in a six-game series against the inexperienced Penguins in 2008, but the following season saw the playoff-savvy Penguins defeat the still-veteran but obviously vulnerable Red Wings in a seven-game series.

Fast forward to 2015 and the same sequence of events has a chance to repeat with the Blackhawks and Lightning, who play each other for the first time since the Cup Final on Saturday at United Center (8:30 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, SN1, SUN, WGN).

The comparisons make this too rich of a prospect to ignore, even if it requires conceding that the same two teams will meet in the Cup Final again (2008-09 was the first time it happened since 1983-84) and that the Blackhawks could lose in a Cup Final (they haven't in three trips since 2010).

Canadiens chasing record with some former Sabres

Friday, 10.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens are pursuing the record for the best start to an NHL season. To have a chance, they will have to defeat the two teams who hold it.

The unbeaten Canadiens play the Buffalo Sabres on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, RDS, CITY, MSG-B, BELL TV) and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

If the Canadiens (7-0-0) can sweep those games, they will be in a position to tie the NHL record of 10-0-0 when they visit the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

The 1993-94 Maple Leafs and 2006-07 Sabres each won 10 straight to start a season.

Two former Sabres have integral roles for the Canadiens and will play their first game in Buffalo since they came to Montreal at the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline.

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